Super Late Model standout, Chad Finley will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut in the Blue Ox 100 on Friday, April 25th at the 0.75-mile oval of Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. This event is the first of up to five scheduled races within the developmental series within NASCAR.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back in a stock car. It has been a long time coming and I couldn't think of a better place to start it off then RIR,” remarked Finley of heading to the Old Dominion State. "It has been a place I have always wanted to race at since I was a kid and this opportunity means the world to me. I really look forward to the weekend and to go after the trophy with all of our marketing partners who have helped us get here,” he added.
Finley is no stranger to racing in K&N type machines having competed in 11 career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts between 2009 and 2010. In those starts, Finley recorded three top-five finishes, all of them podium finishes of third, which came at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway. He also collected six top-10 showings, along-with nine top-15s. Finley also picked up one Menards Pole Award, which came at Rockingham in the 2009 season finale.
"Running the ARCA cars a few years back was a lot of fun,” sounded Finley. “We drove for Brad (Keselowski) then and we always had fast race cars with a great chance to win." The 22-year-old from DeWitt, Michigan continued, "ARCA is a great series as well and I learned a lot there. Hopefully that will apply to these K&N cars, which are surprisingly pretty similar in a wide variety of ways.
Jeff Finley, father and car owner of Chad Finley Racing offered, "This is just another step in this long process of getting too or hoping to race in the NASCAR ranks for Chad in the future. He has all the talent to be a great driver and sponsor representative. I just don't have the money personally to get him where he needs to be. Hopefully, we can showcase our talents in this series and make another step in the right direction.
"We really need to thank all of our marketing partners for helping us get to this point that's for sure. A big thank you to Brad Keselowski Racing. They have been great with some technical support, as well as providing Shane Whitbeck to crew chief our effort,” offered the appreciatively elder Finley. "Brad was in our shoes not too long ago and understands what I am trying to do as a father. So we would like to thank him personally for helping us as well.”
As for the remainder of the 2014 racing season and in addition to select appearances in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Finley will also run in several high-profile Super Late Model races throughout the country with a primary focus on the ARCA / CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS. He'll also run events within the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance, ARCA Midwest Tour and the Southern Super Series. On some off weekends, Finley will also compete in an Outlaw Bodied Pro Late Model closer to home at Owosso (Mich.) Speedway.
For the Blue Ox 100, Finley's No. 29 Ford will carry sponsorship support and decals from Auto Value Parts Stores & Certified Service Centers, as well as AutoParts2020.com, The Air Lift Company, XLT Engineering, NorthsideTowing.net, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Bassett Racing Wheels, Affordable Tire & Service, Bosch Spark Plugs, Hyperco Suspension, Maurer’s Textiles, Superior Racing Images and M.P.H. Promotions.
For more information about Chad Finley Racing and driver Chad Finley and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the rest of the 2014 season, please go to the CFR website located at: www.chadfinleyracing.com You can also follow CFR on Facebook and Twitter as well by going to the following links: www.facebook.com/chadfinleyracing and www.twitter.com/chad_finley and clicking on the “Like” and “Follow” buttons respectively.